Drouin Wins With New World Leader
March 30, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - Indiana track and field athletes continued their collection of Texas Relays watches on Saturday, as Derek Drouin won the men's high jump to join Kyla Buckley and Sarah Maxson, who won titles on Friday. Drouin took the outdoor world lead in the high jump, beating a who's who of collegiate high jumpers.
Drouin cleared 2.30m (7-6.5) to better his closest competitor by 1.25 inches. The jump is the world's best outdoors this season. The meet featured the top three finishers from the NCAA Indoor Championships, but second and third place flopped this time around, as Marcus Jackson of Mississippi State took third and London Olympic Silver Medalist Erik Kynard of Kansas State was second. Jackson and Kynard both cleared 2.27m (7-5.25). Drouin and Kynard have now met head-to-head 12 times, which Drouin winning seven times, including two straight. Drouin took three jumps at 2.33m (7-7.75), which is the Texas Relays record. Drouin is now within a centimeter of his lifetime outdoor best, which is IU's outdoor record.
Emma Kimoto cleared 1.75m (5-8.75) for seventh in the women's high jump. She and Maxson are now tied for the Big Ten lead this season.
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